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  • #4
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    Tax the rich - You betcha! The gap between the uber-rich and the rest of us has never been greater. The Bush tax cuts for the rich obviously haven't worked or we would have seen the jobs. After 10 years it is time to say enough. Keeping the tax cuts for the poor and middle classes makes sense because they will spend this money and pump it directly back into the economy. The majority of Americans support this and Obama should call the GOP's bluff. Let them vote on a bill to keep the cuts for the bottom 98% of us.
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    So you are against the 14th amendment? Some citizens are not deserving of equal treatment, based on their income?
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    @Canoochee I'm in favor of a progressive income tax that taxes those who can afford it at higher rate than those who can't. Me and about 65% of Americans. And we are going to get it this time. I told you two weeks before the election that Obama would win and I'm telling you now that tax rates on the highest 2% are going up. Bank on it.
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    @PNWest So you are in favor of unequal treatment based on means testing. Would you be in favor of allowing people to vote based on their income or lack of same? If not why not?
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    @Canoochee I am in favor of a progressive income tax. The supreme court ruled long ago on your second question. Apples and Oranges.
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    @PNWest What income level puts a citizen in disfavor? How much money should someone make before the government cracks down?
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    Tax the wealthy,(business's). How will that impact those business's? It wont. The added cost will be passed onto everyone else, the consumer. All part of the Muslims master plan to destroy the country from within.
    Way to go libs, keep attacking what's left of the economy. Pretty soon even Greece will be laughing at us.
    Maybe Barry should take the day off and play some more golf so the adults can try and correct the socialistic empire that's being forced upon a supposedly free country and its people.
    THE WELFARE STATE CAN NOT BE SUSTAINED!!! Barry and his supporters need to go and take an Economics 101 class. This time without the drugs and alcohol.
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    If you were a politician, that comment of yours would be one hell of a 'gaffe'. Romney would give you a standing ovation...
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    First, wealthy individuals are not businesses. Second, 97% of business owners don't earn anywhere close to $250k, the average makes about $60k. Third, a personal income tax hike isn't a 'cost' that can be passed to consumers. They can raise prices by the same percentage to try and gain more profit, but it will be at the cost of losing customers. Given that businesses strive to operate at a price that maximizes profit, raising that price would no longer maximize that profit and would be counterproductive to their end goal of maximizing profit. If they can raise prices AND raise profits they were not an optimal business in the first place.
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    @OpEn_MiNdEd Its called reality. Maybe one day you can stay away from the KoolAid and realize it.
    Just because you support the destruction of the country doesn't mean you'll be praised for your loyalty when this country gets totally destroyed. You'll still be wondering where you freebie entitled life is once everything has collapsed and then you will realize that you've been wrong.
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    I'm with you Hawk, there is no test for the man. It is dangerous when masses are just willing to believe what ever someone says. It is really Jim Jonesish. The middle class hurts when you take their money and waste it. Where is the outrage. Obama sells envy and jealousy. That is all this is about. He wants more of the rich peoples money so he can waste it. And people are just to stupid to realize it. LOL Amazing.
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    Keep up the class warfare Barry! Notice there was no talk of CUTTING SPENDING. Looks like those 50% that want free stuff need to be paid back for their votes.....
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    I am amazed at the lack of critical thinking by the masses. Obama puts everything he does into action on unproven theory. Take the 90 Billion wasted on ":green" energy. Food for thought, real thought.....what happens when, as it must, the tax revenues from the rich are not enough to cover the programs and take down the budget. This is simple math people. Face it. We will ALL be taxed. Read Obamacare. Most of you have no clue. in 2013, many taxes will fall into place. This is the classic frog in the water scenario, start off cold and soon you will not know the water is boiling. Eliminate loopholes, yes, because that causes ALL business's to pay more tax. The best solution is for the 47% not paying any taxes to pay SOME. Again, do the Math. 100,000,000 paying $100 -$1000 each in taxes. THAT is a solution.
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    No. I think this is a poor platform for defict reduction. Whether the top 2% pay more or not, we will still have a huge defict and no real cuts in sight. Charge the wealthy it wont make a difference. Cant wait to see what the excuse is when the plan goes through and nothing changes as far as the deficit is concerned. This has very little to do with fixing the economy and everything to do with an image of sticking it to the rich to make certain groups happy. Have at it...
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    I don't understand why people think the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy helps the middle class. The only GOP response to the middle class is "work harder" despite the fact that alot of middle class folk arnt entitled to the economic opportunities that the wealthy have. Lower taxes for the middle class and raise them for the higher income class. Keep it fair
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    Because a few extra % points tax on money that doesn't get spent in the economy will make the economy come to a screeching halt? Care to elaborate? Why didn't it happen in the 50's when the top rate was 90%, or in 1996 when it was almost 40%? Could it possibly be that money not being spent in the economy has almost no effect on the health of the overall economy? Could it be that when the govt has incentives for a business owner to not take a HUGE salary and instead find ways to invest it into the economy that the overall economy grows? I know, lots to process, take your time and maybe an econ class.
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    yeah yeah yeah he wants more taxes that's real news.....
    and then he turned it into a comedy show when he said "if you want answers about Ben Ghazi come after me"...

    yeah 9 months from now when he has another press event
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    He didn't budge in the last four years, I hardly think he'll start now...not budging is not compromising, I thought he
    said he wanted compromise. The top 2% can afford a higher tax, but tax them too much and they'll leave and
    and take the jobs with them...
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    This congress has demonstrated for the past four years they aren't willing to work with POTUS. He sat on his thumbs for four years trying not to annoy them. BAD MOVE!! I think he finally "gets" it. The only way to work with this congress is to kick some serious booty!!
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    @normanbites ...Excuse me? What happened the first 2 years when he had the house and senate? Ah, yes...behind closed doors developing the budget busting Obamacare. Oh, that's right. They didn't develop a budget either.
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    @ACTSmom Yeah, well that's why I'm not pleased with him as well. But putting a genuine Robber Baron CEO in control of the nation did not look like a good solution either. I would have much preferred Elizabeth Warren as POTUS. But that's not how our system works. The way it works, the wealthy use campaign donations to give us the choice between "Bad" and "Worse". I hate doing it, but I did pick "Bad" over "Worse".
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    @DARSB Actually I want the Congress not to act on anything until after 12/31. I'll gladly pay the taxes I paid under Clinton's admin if all the cuts go into effect. I'll gladly fall off of that fiscal cliff they are all talking about as I think it will be the best thing that could happen.
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    Boehner should just let it happen with a statement that the American people will be watching and that he is doing this in the spirit of compromise for the country. If there is no positive economic result and instead there is more entitlement spending, then the Democrats in office will have hell to pay in two years. Either way, the negative response would be directed at the Democrats.

    If you are going to agree to fork over more of your money, then there had damn well be a return on that investment.
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    Amazingly the left believes that the supply of fossil fuels is very finite, but, the amount of money the government has to spend is infinite.
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    Top 2% own plenty of tax shelters. I'm disabled and live in one. The apartment complex bleeds money with quick fix pallatives to keep HUD happpy but poor people don't deserve reasonable renovation beyond a minimum standard.
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    I support Obama, and SCREW THE RICH. This country has had enough of the oligarchy. And it is beyond me how Republicans can support screwing themselves over then make a claim that people are after entitlements. NO WAY. I make $60k a year, work 2 jobs and my wife make $30k, what ENTITLEMENTS are we looking for? Not a DAMN ONE. Suffice it to say, the uber wealthy pay LESS in taxes then I do, is that fair? HELL NO... Enough of the "WEALTHFARE" state.
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    Thats not what Obama said today, he said if we go over the financial cliff then they will just have to raise taxes on middle class.
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    gotta get taxes somewhere. There is more resistance from the 2% than the middle class. To be honest, taxing the middle class is more damaging than taxing the rich. Whether they like it or not, if they are rich enough to hire people so they can pay less taxes, they are rich enough to pay a little bit more tax.
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    @Starsplash I do not disagree with the point of what you said at all. The problem Republicans have is no mater how much, or who you tax, it does no good unless Obama backs off his spending our way out of debt philosophy, and he refuses to give a little. Obama is not just the spending king but also the borrowing king. Plus Republicans are not sure, now, if they could just he would cut spending if they gave in on the 2% increase.
    I do blame Obama for this mistrust because of the way he operates like a bull in a china shop. We need a compremise but I see no way that is going to happen. Personalities are now involved, it is no longer just business.
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    I like this one too. 100B per year is chump change to this administrations crippling debt. So today Pres O throws in the if that doesn't work we are going to have to hit the middle class and entitlements. Nice. I'm going to be sitting back all cozy and laugh at the dummies that voted for another four years! Mitt definitely wasn't perfect, but he was realistic.
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